Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives

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Mission

The Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives (SRRRI), housed in the Division of Student Services, strives to support safe, inclusive, and educational learning environments aiding in student success. Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives endeavors to support Western Illinois University’s core values by reinforcing standards of academic excellence, promoting educational opportunity both inside and outside the classroom, enhancing personal growth of community members, and highlighting the importance of social responsibility while protecting student rights and addressing behavioral problems.

Vision

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives will provide Western Illinois University students with an exceptional educational, inclusive, and effective application of the code of student conduct policies and procedures.

Retention

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives focuses on the development of the student experience at Western Illinois University to enhance student success. Through programmatic development, process review and creation, and data analyzation, Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives hopes to positively impact student retention and success at Western Illinois University. Some examples include the facilitation of the Building Connections Mentorship Program, the Leatherneck Success Team, and streamlining resources and processes to assist students in finding success.

Conduct Process

Western Illinois University’s philosophy on student conduct is educational in nature. The Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives offers sanctioning designed to guide student behavior and to balance the rights of individuals with that of the health and safety of the community. The student conduct process is not a legal process and is separate from local, state, and federal court proceedings. Instead, the standard of responsibility is based on a preponderance of the evidence.

You can find more details about the entire conduct process, what to expect, and how to prepare here.

The student conduct process is expected to:
  • Be respectful of all parties involved throughout the process
  • Determine consequences for behaviors that violate University rules, policies, and local, state, and federal laws
  • Offer outcomes to assist students in learning about the impact of their actions on themselves and others within their respective communities
  • Protect the integrity of students, faculty, staff, the institution, and the University community

Staff

Interim Vice President of Student Services

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John Smith
Sherman Hall 321

Retains ultimate authority for administration of the Code of Student Conduct. Reviews appeals of cases originating with the conduct hearings. Affirms final University decisions.

Associate Vice President for Student Services
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John Biernbaum
Seal Hall

Reviews and acts on recommendations from conduct hearings; authors decision letters. Supervises Director of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives.

Director of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives
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Justin Schuch
Seal Hall
(309) 298-2436

Serves as "University Conduct Officer." Directs operations of University conduct system and facilitates retention initiatives. Designates and supervises persons serving as conduct and hearing officers.

Assistant Director of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives
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Vian Neally
Seal Hall
(309) 298-2436

Assists with operation of office and coordination of retention efforts and initiatives. Serves as conduct and hearing officer.

 

Conduct Officers and Graduate Assistants
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Timothy Greving
Graduate Assistant

 

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Shemyra Tabor
Graduate Assistant

 

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Hallei Pirtle
Graduate Conduct Officer

 

Angel Harris
Student Assistant

 

Seal Hall
(309) 298-2436

Conduct Officers oversee the scheduling of conduct meetings and supervise selection/training of student conduct board members. They conduct disciplinary conferences, review all student discipline cases, and maintain student discipline records. Graduate Assistants also assist in the development and implementation of numerous retention initiatives.

Contact

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives

Seal Hall 101
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: SRRRI@wiu.edu

Phone: (309) 298-2436
Fax: (309) 298-2122

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